The pipes at St. Giles’ Cathedral

Organ pipes are fabulous in the right lighting and environment.  The way they’re arranged and reach skyward, metal or wood, their surrounding airy openness or structural containments, all add to the beauty that catches my eye.  Here at St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, not knowing what I would find as I explored, the pipes’ sheen and inspiring grandeur caught my eye immediately as I walked further through the aisles.  They shone with a bright softness in the natural light that cast delicate shadows on the pipes and surrounding South Transept, the ruddy toned Austrian oak encasement and cross design of the central metal pipes.

April 5, 2017
Edinburgh, Scotland
Nikon D90

The alter of Sweetest Heart of Mary Church

The alter of Sweetest Heart of Mary Church

It’s truly amazing inside the church.  This is the alter as seen from my position in a pew along the north side aisle about halfway toward the front.

December 2, 2016          Detroit, MI          Nikon D90

Glistening through the pipes

Glistening through the pipes

This is a portion of the organ pipes of Sweetest Heart of Mary Church.  Though it was gray and cloudy outside, the lighting through the stained glass windows was still quite bright in contrast to this otherwise darker, naturally lit end of the church.

December 2, 2016          Detroit, MI          Nikon D90

The balcony

The balcony

The balcony in Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit is used as the choir and organ loft.  The natural light coming through the stained glass windows along the sides of the church softly highlight the lines of the balcony’s wooden railing against the shadows.  I chose an angle and exposure to give me this sweeping shape across the image with stark contrasts of subtle lighting and lots of shadow.

December 2, 2017          Detroit, MI          Nikon D90

Looking up the north portal

Looking up the north portal

At Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, I looked up the north portal and liked how the cloudy gray sky was defused but bright enough to suggest the heavenly light.  I applied the same technique I used in September with my photo “Conservatory with early morning sun (2)” wherein I added a light gradient tone from the top to emphasize the heavenly effect.

December 2, 2016          Detroit, MI          Nikon D90

Scenic view near the end of Wilderness Park Drive

Scenic view near the end of Wilderness Park Drive

Early morning along the edge of Lake Michigan and the Mackinac Straits.  The full 5-mile stretch of the Mackinac Bridge connecting the tips of Michigan’s lower and upper peninsulas are seen here, along with a passing gull.  No one else was around.  Very quiet with a cold breeze coming off the water.

October 26, 2016          Wilderness State Park, MI          Nikon D90

Conservatory with early morning sun (2)

Conservatory with early morning sun (2)

I learned from Joel Geffen at the Belle Isle outing that it’s OK to let images, or parts of them, be over exposed if it expresses an emotion or helps tell a story.  I like how this image came out as it fades up into the light.  It gives me a sense of mystery on a lonely humid day.

September 18, 2016          Belle Isle, Detroit, MI          Nikon D90

The hook-up

The hook-up

I love the simplicity of the connecting hardware embedded into the steel of this piece, “Shang”, by Mark di Suvero on the campus of the University of Michigan.  Lots of shades of gray on this rainy morning and the red pin making its own subtle statement to the flatness of the sculpture’s suspended arm.  See more at U of M’s site for its public art.

September 17, 2016          University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI          Nikon D90

A corner of the cube

A corner of the cube

This piece by Tony Rosenthal called The Cube “Endeavor” is on the campus of the University of Michigan.  The light rain all morning kept the Cube shiny with rain drops, some of its corners taking an orangy-red patina, the reflection on the top facet bluish gray and the downward sides fading as they worked their way closer to the ground.   See more at U of M’s site for its public art.

September 17, 2016         University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI          Nikon D90

Looking up Orion

Looking up Orion

This is the piece called “Orion” by sculptor Mark di Suvero on the campus of the University of Michigan.  On this cool and rainy Saturday morning, most of the colors were muted to shades of gray.  Even the striking reddish orange of Orion took a grayish quality that blended nicely into the sky.  I found the view looking up into the clouds the most appealing on this morning.  See more at U of M’s site for its public art.

September 17, 2016          University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI          Nikon D90